Eames® Lounge Chair and Ottoman
An icon of modern furniture design and an object in MoMA’s collection, the Eames® Lounge Chair and Ottoman was conceived by Charles and Ray Eames in 1956. Charles Eames' goal was to build a chair with "the warm receptive look of a well-used first baseman's mitt." (Other anecdotes mention that Eames wanted the look and feel of a “gentleman’s club chair.”) Marrying beauty and comfort, the Eames® Lounge Chair and Ottoman is a work of art designed for everyday living.
At MoMA Design Store, we offer the Eames® Lounge Chair and Ottoman in an exclusive cherry wood veneer with black leather upholstery. We also offer one in walnut wood with black leather and brown MCL leather.
The Eames® Lounge Chair and Ottoman has been produced in the USA for over 50 years by the original manufacturer, Herman Miller® . This authorized version is composed of three separate curved 7-ply veneer shells: the head rest, the back support and the seat, all topped with upholstered leather cushions. The leather is highly durable medium-grain leather that will develop a softened patina over time. When first conceived, their modest desire was, according to Charles, to create a chair with “the warm, receptive look of a well-used first baseman’s mitt”—translating the soft, comfortable look and feel of a genuine leather baseball glove that has been properly broken in. The seat pivots on a five-pronged base, moving effortlessly with one’s body movements.
The Eames® Lounge Chair measures 32.75h x 32.75w x 32.75"d while the Ottoman measures 17h x 26w x 21.5"d. The chair’s weight limit is 300lbs.
Learn more about the Eames® Lounge Chair and Ottoman on our storytelling page here.
DesignerCharles & Ray Eames
SizeChair 32h x 32.75w x 32.75"d
Seat Height 15"h
Ottoman: 17.25h x 26w x 21.5"d
MaterialsMolded Plywood, Leather
Year of Design1956